In our never-ending quest to see just what kind of inventory is out there in the $200,000 range, we came across something fun this week – two condos with nearly identical prices, both with views of turn two at Texas Motor Speedway.

(Photo courtesy Texas Motor Speedway)

If you’re a racing fan, the idea of a regular perch on the fifth floor for every NASCAR Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity Series, Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and Indy races held at Texas Motor Speedway might just seem like the perfect treat. Host friends and family, enjoy the race in comfort (NASCAR races are held in November and March usually, which means you’ve got a grab bag of weather choices) regardless of whether it’s cold and rainy or mild and sunny. (more…)

Britannia Group

When two Brits get together — each with impressive track records in the real estate market — you can rest assured that their combined market knowledge is a powerful force.

That is very much the case now that Mark Godson and Catherine Thorpe-Lambert have joined forces with Compass Real Estate to form The Britannia Group, combining their decades of experience with what they felt was Compass’ unparalleled Realtor support system.

“My background is in interior design and restoration and that’s what got me to the U.S. many, many years ago,” Godson said. “I was brought in to consult on an estate in Highland Park.”

Godson is also a licensed Realtor in California as well, specializing in Palm Springs and Newport Beach in particular. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from Chelsea School of Art, is a Grade II UK-approved remodeler in England, and the recipient of several awards, including a Restoration Award.

Thorpe-Lambert, a lifetime equestrian who rides through Grand Prix Dressage, is also well versed in what horse owners (or potential horse owners) are looking for when they desire equestrian-friendly properties. (more…)

I have to tell you, this week’s Wednesday WTF was almost this weekend’s historical shelter feature on SecondShelters.com, because it’s an awesome lake house with gorgeous views and tons of privacy.

But it’s also got, like all WTFs, a little something something that makes it juuuuuuust a little different than all other lake houses and a little uh, you know, something that requires a turntable with a needle that scratches across a record to register some kind of surprise.

So here is this great house on Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma. From the outside, as you can see, it looks completely lovely. The rock facade embraces the natural surroundings of the lake, and this three-bedroom, three-bath house seems like the perfect getaway.

And truly, it is. No seriously. If you have $359,000 and want a lake house that’s an easy drive from Dallas, you should totally buy this house. Today. I mean, finish reading this, but then call the Realtor and tell them you want a gosh-darned lake house.

But you really need to see the inside of this uh, totally groovy house. And to do that, you’ll need to come over to CandysDirt.com.

 

Sometimes, the Wednesday WTF is the Wednesday WTF because it’s a crazy ball of lunacy. But sometimes, as in the case of this week’s cave house, it’s because it’s pretty freaking’ cool.

Meet the Beckham Creek Cave Lodge. Tucked into the tiny unincorporated community of Parthenon, Arkansas, and the Little Buffalo River, it currently serves as a private resort that caters to weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, and the like. (more…)

Most second-home shoppers build vacation home dreams on one or two activities — the beach, the lake, or the hills. But buyers at the 505 Ranch Club  are getting three or more activities to fill the lazy days of weekends and turn every day into an experience. The private, exclusive enclave on Cedar Creek Lake, one of the largest lakes in the state, sits on one and a half miles of sparkling shoreline. There is water, there are 505 acres (hence the name) of dense woods to explore on foot, skeet shooting, target practice, trail rides, mountain biking, and unlike most vacation home communities, each home is set far apart from its neighbors, as if you were living in the middle of the woods.

The 505 Ranch Club also offers one of the top equestrian centers in North Texas, with ample paddocks and corrals, all available to owners at their whim but no upkeep. The shared ownership ranch concept marries the carefree freedom and fun of the ranch experience. But it almost completely eliminates the back-breaking hard work!

Still, the best part may be just pure geographical luck: when you buy your vacation home at the 505 Ranch Club, your no-maintenance ranch is only a 45-minute drive from Preston Center.

We have more on CandysDirt.com.

By next Independence Day, you could be grilling at your lakeside home, hopping in your boat on Lake Lewisville with prime seats for fireworks, and spending time cooling off in your pool in between — and we have just the house.

This lakefront estate home is in the Sunset Bay community in Little Elm, a cozy enclave known for its acre-or-more lot sizes and independent builders that guarantee that no two homes look the same.

We have more details at CandysDirt.com.

Sometimes, when doing research for another story, you go down a rabbit hole at 3 a.m. and find another listing that sends you down another rabbit hole of WTF in Utah and then suddenly it’s 5 a.m. and your caffeine consumption for the next day puts your heart rate somewhere around hummingbird wings and over-sugared toddlers.

This week’s Wednesday WTF is one of those situations. You see, I’ve found you a whole damned town.

Come check it out on CandysDirt.com.

Listen, sometimes the Wednesday WTF over on CandysDirt.com is one of those things where you’re recoiling and scared. Sometimes induces incredulity. But sometimes, it’s just so damned magical you just have to embrace it, because anything else is just incomprehensible.

This is one of those weeks. Check out this house near Orlando that is just magical.